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One of the most entertaining mystery thrillers that I have listened to recently: not great literature, perhaps, but well conceived, written and brilliantly narrated. The action might not seem fast initially but there is so much packed into it with a great cast of superbly crafter characters featuring businessmen, billionaires, Russians and realtors as well as the main protagonists themselves. Plenty of murder and mayhem, with some rather unusual despatching methods, There is even a thrilling car chase and some nice red herrings at large. Quite enough for the ex NYPD homicide detective, Charlie Crawford, now based in sleepy Palm Beach, to sort out with he help of his partner, Mort Ott, without the flack he's getting from his police superiors. Charlie even tries to have a private life, too.
Phil Thron"'s narration is superb. So much of the book is dialogue and, with a large cast of disperate characters it was easy to forget this was a reading and not a full cast performance, so skillfully was each person voiced. The text in between was read with perfectly paced speed and emotion to fit the context, always calm but guaging the feeling exactly. This is a narrator to look out for again in the future.
This is a light, fun, gently humourous book which feels remarkably substantial and, despite the oddities, real. I loved it and can wholeheartedly recommend it to other listeners. My deep thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me my copy of Palm Beach Poison, via Audiobook Boom, and so introduced me to Charlie Crawford and his police patch in Palm Beach. I enjoyed it so much that I have already purchased the first book in the series ( the stories are completely stand alone) which I have not yet read, and, the naughty publisher having included the first two chapters of book three at the end of this audiobook as a bonus, I am waiting impatiently for that one, too. Sign me up!
I really liked the way this book starts out with two Russian mobsters taking control of a wealthy community and leading you to believe they are behind a brilliant financial scheme, either sell them what they want from you or risk the consequences. How they did it, in the first chapter a wealthy attorney and his high priced call girl are by his pool. She decides to go for a swim when someone releases 20 water moccasins in his backyard. She dies, he gets away with only one small bite on his leg while running away. After that the demands to the wealthy and influential people increase and so do the threats. But don't think you have it figured out, it took the protagonist, Charlie Parker 90% of the book to figure out who the real bad guy is.
The narrator Phil Thron did an excellent job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Both the author and narrator were new to me, and I am so happy that I found them. I will definitely look for more books with them. The narrator did a great job with all of his accents for the various characters. The book was full of twists. My review is not a synopsis of the book but rather my opinion of it. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. I thought this book was a great standalone listen and it is part of a series.
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